The Histories

Two Roses for Richard III

In 2008, RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd directed the Olivier award-winning Histories Cycle, which was hailed by The Guardian as 'one of the great events of modern theatre'.

Shakespeare's Histories now return to Stratford-upon-Avon with
Two Roses for Richard III as part of the
World Shakespeare Festival.

'From Peter Hall's Wars of the Roses in the sixties to our recent Histories Cycle, Shakespeare's history plays have often provided the material on which the RSC has made its defining imprint. For our World Shakespeare Festival it is perfect that we revisit these iconic plays on nationhood and power through the eyes of international colleagues. Companhia Bufomecânica from Brazil, will dig this bloodsoaked soil again, finding new bones, new insights buried in England's central national myth.'
RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd on Two Roses for Richard III


Two Roses for Richard III re-opens The Courtyard Theatre. We asked you on Facebook and Twitter what your favourite memories of The Courtyard Theatre were. Here were your responses...

“Being covered in fake blood, tears, feathers and police tape after Richard III”  

“Attending the Glorious Moment weekend was amazing - a hardcore bard-addict's dream! An especially nice touch was giving everyone a red and a white rose afterwards. To choose an actual favourite part from any of plays would be difficult - they were all wonderfully interpreted and staged :)”

“I took my little brother to see the 9-hour Henry VI trilogy as an introduction to Shakespeare. Luckily he loved it - as did I!”

“Tennis balls falling onto stage and scattering everywhere; actors flying through the air on ropes; sublime acting; 3 plays in 1 day”  

“Knock-the-breath-outta-me moment was Talbot mourning his son in Act 4 of Henry 6 pt. 1. Utterly heartbreaking, beautifully acted!”  

“David Warner's scene with Shallow etc, trapezes, the Jack Cade bit, coughing audience bod given water by actor, brill onstage music”  

“Covering Charlotte Higgins in blood when I was shot in the mouth in Richard III.”  

“not sure about histories but Michael Boyd's Antony and Cleopatra was amazing last year!”  

“Rediscovering Henry IV in it's rightful place in the cycle rather than standalone. Also the dance at start of Richard III”  

“Sitting through all 8 over 4 days, numb bum but well worth it!!”  

“That amazing moment in Henry V when I suddenly GOT Shakespeare.”  

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